In the blind alleys

Let me recall the story of a fictional city

where epidemic of blindness sweeps.

Suddenly, all the residents of the city go blind,

including the doctor, except his wife who can see,

yet she feigns blindness.

Blindness spreads as an infectious disease.

A mental hospital is used to isolate the blinds.

Soon the hospital becomes overpopulated.

There is collective despair all around.

No one knows the reason of collective blindness.

There is revolt. There is need of quarantine.

All hopes seem to have vanished.

Suddenly, blindness ends, as abruptly, as it had begun.

“I can see, I can see”, people start shouting.

The author of the story asks, why the people went blind,

and did they really go blind?

His response: “I don’t think we go blind, I think we are blind,

Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.”

This story of collective vulnerability is about blind society.

When the society becomes blind, how can it communicate

thoughts and emotions in the blind alleys?

How one blind can show the other blind ways to move forward?

Story of another country of blinds is allegorical tale of stagnation.

In this country only the blind live.

People with no sight are self-sufficient but closed-minded and insular.

A man with normal sight arrives at this country of the blinds.

People of the land ponder over the arrival of the man, who can see.

They decide that this strange man has no right to have sight.

Sightless men chase the man with normal sight.

Man with sight flees the country of the blind to save his life.

A born blind gets eyes when she is at her middle age.

She finds her newfound sight profoundly confusing.

Whatever she sees doesn’t make sense.

She wants to loose her sight again.

Sight lead her to unknown confusions .

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© 2017 by Dr Purnendu Ghosh